Miriam O’Callaghan, Art Parkinson and Mícheál Ó Ciaraidh were joined by Eoghan McDermott to launch the world-wide Irish-language festival Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia in Facebook’s International HQ in the Dublin docklands this afternoon (Thursday, 9 February 2017).
Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia is one of the biggest festivals in Ireland and takes place around the world every year from the 1 – 17 March. Last year almost one million people took part in the festival in 13 different countries, to celebrate the Irish language. Festival staff are working to surpass last year’s participation with the thousands of events which will take place during Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia, a selection of which can be seen on www.peig.ie.
Conchubhair Mac Lochlainn, Chairman of Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia says:
“It’s exciting to have such a renowned company as Energia working with us this year and it’s great to see them expanding their services as Gaeilge. The Irish language has been flourishing across the internet and on social media in the last few years so it was a natural choice for this year’s media launch to take place in Facebook’s International HQ in Dublin. Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia has been growing every year and social media has played a large part in encouraging people to take part and share information about the festival in recent years.”
Niamh Sweeney, Head of Public Policy at Facebook, says:
“It’s fantastic to see Seachtain na Gaeilge go from strength to strength each year. At Facebook we work hard to promote different cultures and celebrate diversity, and the Irish language is an important part of our culture and our identity. For that reason, we are delighted to host the launch of Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia at our International Headquarters in Dublin today.
“Facebook is available for people to use ‘as Gaeilge’ and we’re encouraging people switch their profile to Irish for Seachtain na Gaeilge, and maybe beyond. It’s an easy way for people to connect through Irish and to share the language with friends and family, both in Ireland and around the world. I am looking forward to seeing my friends using the ‘cúpla focal’ when sharing photos, videos and messages.”
Gary Ryan, Managing Director of Energia Retail, says:
“Energia is delighted to have the opportunity to support Seachtain na Gaeilge. We’re very proud of our Irish heritage as a generator and supplier of energy to homes and businesses across the island of Ireland, so promoting the Irish language across the country makes perfect sense to us. Encouraging people to make clever choices is something close to our hearts and we hope people will choose to use their cúpla focal during Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017.”
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QUOTES FROM THE AMBASSADORS:
Art Parkinson: “I study through Irish while I’m filming all over the world. I’m a very proud Irish speaker and love using it everyday, no matter where I am in the world. Why not organise an event for Seachtain na Gaeilge to use your cúpla focal!”
Miriam O’ Callaghan: “I’m really excited to be an ambassador for Seachtain na Gaeilge this year. It’s a great chance to use more Irish from day to day with my family, friends and colleagues. Seachtain na Gaeilge is a great opportunity to use more Gaeilge, bain triail aisti!”
Mícheál Ó Ciaraidh: “This year for Seachtain na Gaeilge I’d recommend for everyone to use social media through Irish, especially on 16 March 2017 for Lá na Meán Sóisialta. Did you know you can use Facebook, Gmail and Twitter as Gaeilge? Why not also write messages to your friends in Irish on Snapchat for Seachtain na Gaeilge this year!”